1,000 days of COVID-19: Looking back on the pandemic’s impact since N.L.’s 1st case – CBC

Dec 08, 2022

Newfoundland and Labrador marked its first case of COVID-19 on March 14, 2020 — Day 1 of the pandemic in the province. More than two and a half years later, Thursday marks Day 1,000.

Between the two dates, the provincial government has reported more than 53,500 positive cases, but that number doesn’t represent the true number of infections, as it includes only PCR tests done by regional health authorities, not rapid tests done at home by the public. The provincial government also began strictly limiting who was eligible for a PCR test months ago.

Remember the long lineups outside of major retail chains? The curbside pickup options for small businesses adapting to the changing landscape in order to stay afloat? The new hobbies as people tried everything they could to break up the day-to-day monotony, between Zoom meetings, while stuck at home? The vaccine passport? Cheeky quotes from elected officials?

There have been 279 deaths so far. There was a provincial election that was interrupted by an outbreak and court challenges. There were cancellations of concerts, festivals and sporting events. Families were separated by restrictions at long-term care and personal-care homes.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-covid-1000-days-1.6674342

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